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Democracy, war and peace: the bitter laughter of Aristophanes

By Fernanda Yazbek Rivitti

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<div class="page" title="Page 1"><div class="layoutArea"><div class="column"><p>This article aims to develop a comparative study between two comedies of Aristophanes, The Acharnians and The Knights, bringing to light the building of critical thinking of Aristophanes concerning Athenian democracy of his time. The analysis of the text focuses on the convergence of both as revealing contradictions in Athenian democratic practices in times of war. This article also examines the dichotomy public / private in The Acharnians and the relationship between the people and their rulers, in The Knights. The dialogue between the two texts is explored not only in the bitter satire of Aristophanes, but in the only solution that appears in both texts regarding a time of war and a political system in crisis: the consummation of peace. </p></div></div></div

Topics: Aristófanes, comédia, democracia, Acarnenses, Cavaleiros., Ancient history, D51-90, Greek language and literature. Latin language and literature, PA
Publisher: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:9427a3b620ab4740b7b492a3ebeaa296
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